Clive Strutt's eleventh book of madrigals is entitled Carmina Silvicola. The lyrical verse he chose for these 'Woodland Songs' is by the English poet Alfred Noyes (1880-1958). There are ten pieces in all, viz:
The Inn of Apollo is in two parts: Quincunx (pars prima) and Roundelay (pars altera) both of which extend Clive Strutt's previous experimentation in his madrigals. In this case the material for the composition are canons whose source is the German-American theorist Bernard Ziehn (1845-1912).
Alzuna - a magical fantasy with incantation designated as the first dhayana or meditation.
A New Madrigal - a lament of over six minutes.
After Rain - a 'tiptych' because it is connected to pieces 8 and 9.
The Elfin Artist - a description of 'an elvish' painter in 'an elfin forest' when 'Sussex was Eden-new.'
Shadow-of-a Leaf - the name of an elfin.
Wizardry - a piece that contrasts the power of Nature and Creation with that of magicians and alchemists.
Rosa Mundi ('Rose of the Whole World') - a lament that evokes a classical garden with cypress trees and statuary.
A Forest Song
The May Tree - a meditation - the second dhayana - on a static vision of a tree on a hill. Two characters from Greek mythology are also evoked, viz. Diana (the goddess of hunting) and the shepherd Endymion.